Apple’s 12-inch MacBook laptop launched last year was the industry’s first PC to ship with a USB-C port – and that’s the only connector the laptop has, aside from the headphone jack. Since then, other PC makers have adopted the port, but not all of Apple’s competitors are thrilled about the upgrade. A new report says that while some laptop manufacturers are reluctant to adopt USB-C in their upcoming devices, Apple will equip its next-gen MacBook Air (or Pro?) with the new interface. More →
Rumors of a Macbook with cellular connectivity have been a thing since before macOS was a twinkle in Tim Cook’s eye. Whether or not a Macbook with LTE is actually coming, it’s clearly a project Apple is thinking about, as evidenced by new patent filings.
Documents uncovered by Patently Apple show a patent for a unibody aluminum Macbook with something called “Isolated Cavity Antennas,” a cunning way of fitting cellular antennas into an all-metal laptop.
Does Mark Zuckerberg know something about online spying operations that we don’t? Is he just showing the appropriate amount of paranoia that suits his position? Or is this a new fashion statement? Whatever the case, Zuckerberg appears to wear fancy tape over the camera and microphone of his MacBook Pro, as shown in the image above.
Apple just made a whole slew of software announcements, unveiling major updates for watchOS, tvOS, macOS and iOS. On top of a bunch of exciting new features, the Mac operating system also received a welcomed name change: as rumored, it’s going to be known as macOS, and the 2016 macOS release will be named Sierra. But is your MacBook or iMac even compatible with macOS Sierra? It turns out that many old machines will be eligible for the upgrade, but some will be left behind. More →
You can buy an external battery for your smartphone pretty much anywhere, but it’s harder to get one for your laptop — and it’s even more difficult to find one that’s compatible with a MacBook. But that’s about to change thanks to BatteryBox Slim, an external battery that can recharge all MacBook models and offer some exciting additional features as well. More →
The USB Type-C port is an excellent innovation. It can deliver both power and high-speed data at the same time while letting device makers create even thinner laptops, tablets and smartphones. The port is already found on a variety of new gadgets, including the 12-inch Retina MacBook, a variety of Windows-based MacBook clones, and some of the hottest Android devices around.
But choosing USB-C devices also means you have to buy adapters or new gadgets that are fitted with these new connectors, including external storage solutions. Thankfully, SanDisk – well, Western Digital – is ready to save the day with a USB-C Dual Drive flash memory drive that can connect to a computer or smartphone via USB-C and USB 3.1. More →
It’s not just the iPhone that Apple’s rivals try to beat by copying. Apple also sets design standards for laptops, and everyone else is trying to come up with devices that feature MacBook-grade build quality and design.
Asus is the latest company to come up with a Retina MacBook killer, the brand new ZenBook 3. The device is clearly meant to compete against the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Air family, as the two devices were even mentioned on stage during Asus’s recent keynote.
We recently heard that the MacBook Air line may have reached its end of line and a new report seems to reinforce that idea. A top Apple insider who’s usually accurate in his predictions regarding unreleased Apple hardware says that the Retina MacBook line will slowly replace the MacBook Air in the near future. More →
A new report suggests that Apple plans to kill off the MacBook Air line this year, and focus instead on the 12-inch Retina MacBook and slimmer-than-ever MacBook Pro models. The company is yet to announce its 2016 MacBook lineup soon, but this new report is in line with what a previous rumor claimed – that Apple will launch 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks with designs inspired by the 12-inch MacBook released last year. More →
Macs may only account for a fraction of the PC market, but they’re still design and performance benchmarks that Apple competitors try to beat. HP is the latest company to come up with a laptop design that aims to top the Retina MacBook, but Apple is also expected to launch 2016 MacBooks that’ll be slimmer and faster than predecessors.
And Samsung is the company that may provide some of the critical components required to bump up performance. Similarly, it’s also Samsung that might help Apple make the iPhone 7 even faster than previous models. More →
The 12-inch Retina MacBook represents the pinnacle of Apple’s laptop design and engineering, a device that’s already been cloned by many competitors. Apple is rumored to launch 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks later this year, but until that happens, HP wants to impress you with a new notebook that’s a worthy rival for Apple’s best looking PC yet.
The newly launched Spectre is a 13.3-inch laptop that HP says is the thinnest in the world. It brings over a bold new HP logo, what looks like amazing design, and promises solid performance. The price? About what a MacBook costs. More →
Apple’s pitch for the iPad Pro is a very in-your-face approach. The company told us on stage during its iPhone SE keynote that the iPad Pro is the perfect replacement for old PCs, taking a shot at Microsoft but also offending plenty of Apple customers who still have old Macs that operate just fine.
Leaving marketing tactics aside, iOS has evolved to a place where it can become the default computing platform for many users. At the same time, the iPad is not quite where some professionals would like it to be, even though the iPad Pro is the best and most impressive iPad update Apple has released in years.
One Apple customer who switched to a 12.9-inch iPad Pro when it launched last November recently tried going back to his MacBook after all this time. He discovered almost immediately that OS X feels like an old operating system that simply doesn’t offer the versatility of iOS. More →